Celtic’s right-back situation is set to be very interesting over the next 11 games. The Hoops will be in action practically non-stop between Saturday’s game against Livingston and the winter break which starts after the Glasgow derby on the 29th of December.
Neil Lennon will have to think carefully about how often he plays each of his three right-backs. How often they should be rested and rotated will also come into consideration.
Not started for Hoops since win in October
One right-back who has not started for the Hoops in recent weeks is Moritz Bauer. The loanee from Stoke has been overlooked in favour of Hatem Abd Elahamed and Jeremie Frimpong. Indeed, he has not started for the Hoops in three weeks, since the 2-0 win over St Mirren on the 30th of October.
However, Celtic’s upcoming league match against Livingston on Saturday seems like the ideal fixture for Bauer to return to the first-team.
A reason for that is he was rested during the international break and didn’t play, unlike Frimpong who featured for Holland’s under 20 side.
Set to start next Europa League game?
There is also the fact that with Frimpong ineligible and Elhamed injured, Bauer looks set to start for the Hoops against Rennes in next Thursday’s Europa League fixture.
It would make sense to give the player some game time before he presumably features against Rennes. Bauer has done well for the Hoops so far. There should be no worries about playing him against either Livingston or Rennes.
When Elhamed gets back to full fitness, Hoops boss Neil Lennon could have a most welcome dilemma. He could have three right-backs who are playing well, battling it out for one position in the team.
It will be interesting to see how Lennon would deal with such a situation. However, Bauer should get the nod to start for the Hoops in the next two Celtic fixtures at least.